A DRUG dealer was caught with more than £6000 of heroin by police called into to investigate a report that his girlfriend had been bitten by a dog, a court heard on Wednesday (December 27).

The Class A illegal drug was found in bags in Dean Millar's kitchen in Coalsnaughton, after officers arrived to investigate a disturbance and the dog attack in the town's Blackfaulds Street.

Stirling Sheriff Court was told that Millar, 23, was found unconscious, lying on his bedroom floor, having overdosed on heroin, and his girlfriend in an ambulance outside being treated for the dog bite.

Samantha Brown, prosecuting, said nearly 63 grams of heroin were seized at the property, worth £6290.

Millar, an unemployed roofer, of Blackfaulds Street, Coalsnaugton, pleaded guilty to being concerned in its supply.

Defence agent Bunny McGeechan said Millar was a drug user who had built up debts to other dealers, that he had been unable to clear by legal means.

He said Millar was given only two options – sell drugs himself, or suffer violence.

Sheriff Wyllie Robertson jailed Millar for 18 months.

He said: "It has been said often enough that those who deal in drugs can expect to receive a severe penalty."